Ubuntu Desktop with Unity 8 to Handle Background Apps and File Access Differently

Ubuntu will soon work on phones and desktops, so people are asking whether the desktop will have the same restrictions. The answer is not as straightforward as you might think, and the Ubuntu developers are still analyzing how much access will be granted to users.

The community is focused on the Unity 8 adoption for the desktop, but there are some underlying problems that also need to be solved. For example, the file access on the Ubuntu phones is somewhat restricted, as it… (read more)

Canonical Patches Nvidia Graphics Drivers Vulnerability in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

In a new Ubuntu Security Notice (USN-2814-1), Canonical has announced that they have patched a security vulnerability in the Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems.

According to Canonical, a local attacker could use the issue discovered in the Nvidia graphics drivers to run programs as root (system administrator). “It was discovered that the NVIDIA graphics driv… (read more)

Microsoft Open-Sources Visual Studio Code for GNU/Linux, OS X, and Windows

During the Connect(); 2015 developer event that took place on November 18, 2015, in New York City, USA, Microsoft had the great pleasure of announcing that its Visual Studio Code integrated development environment software is now open source.

Immediately after the huge announcement, Microsoft published the Visual Code Studio sources on the GitHub project hosting website, urging the c… (read more)

Wireshark 2.0 Open-Source Network Protocol Analyzer Officially Released with New GUI

After being in development for a few months, Wireshark 2.0, the world’s most popular open-source network protocol analyzer software, has been released today for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Prominent features of Wireshark 2.0 include a revamped graphical user interface (GUI) that has been rewritten in Qt 5 and designed from the ground up to provide users with a smoother and much faster network protocol analyzing expe… (read more)

GNOME Shell Browser Plugin Crash in Mozilla Firefox Patched for GNOME 3.18

The GNOME developers have announced the general availability of a new maintenance release for the GNOME Shell component of the stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment.

We reported last week that the second and last maintenance release of the GNOME 3.18 desktop environment had been published, bringing updates to… (read more)

Debian Devs Patch Critical Libpng Bugs in Debian GNU/Linux 6 LTS

A libpng update has been released by the Debian Project for the long-term supported Debian GNU/Linux 6 LTS series of operating systems, fixing three critical issues discovered recently in the open-source C library.

We reported a couple of days ago that multiple buffer overflows had been discovered in the png_get_PLTE and png_set_PLTE … (read more)

ownCloud 8.2 Gets Its First Point Release with over 100 Improvements

On November 18, ownCloud announced the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of their open-source ownCloud 8.2 self-hosting cloud server solution for GNU/Linux operating systems.

According to the release notes, which have been attached at the end of the article for reference, ownCloud 8.2.1 is more than a maintenance release as it adds over 100 changes, which include sharing, storage, and performance improvements, user management, and LDAP fix… (read more)

Important Xen Security Update Patched in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and CentOS 5

Red Hat has published a new security advisory for its long-term supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x series of operating systems, informing users about an important update to the Xen packages.

According to the RHSA-2015:2065-1 security report, a single security issue has been fixed in the Xen packages used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, which has been rated by the Red Hat Product Securi… (read more)

Distribution Release: Bodhi Linux 3.1.1

Jeff Hoogland has announced the release of Bodhi Linux 3.1.1, an updated build of the Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a customised Enlightenment desktop called “Moksha”: “Today the Bodhi team and I are releasing an unscheduled bug fix release in version number 3.1.1. The 3.1.0 release we released back in….

GNOME Developers Fix Famous Cat-Related Lock Screen Bypass Issue in GDM

Last week, we reported on the release of the second and last maintenance build of the stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, which brought updates to numerous GNOME apps and core components.

However, it appears that not all the core components of GNOME 3.18 had received maintenance releases, as the GDM (GNOME Display Manager)… (read more)

systemd 228 Arrives for GNU/Linux Systems with over 20 Improvements

The systemd developers have just published a new maintenance release of the controversial systemd init system for Linux kernel-based operating systems, version 228, a bugfix release that adds over 20 changes.

According to the attached changelog, systemd 228 updates many properties that could be previously set only in unit files also to work when programmatically generating transient units via the bus, a process that now allows systemd to pass in a set of file descriptors, w… (read more)

Bodhi Linux 3.1.1 Is a Minor Update That Fixes a Wireless Connection Issue

Earlier today, November 18, Jeff Hoogland, the creator of the Bodhi Linux project, has announced the general availability of the first maintenance release for the stable Bodhi Linux 3.1 operating system.

According to Mr. Hoogland, Bodhi Linux 3.1.1 is an unscheduled bugfix release that resolves a very annoying issue where users weren’t prompted to enter a password when attempting t… (read more)

Here’s What’s New in Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 for Ubuntu Phones

While many of us are still waiting to receive the Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 software update on our Ubuntu Phone devices, the developers have just published the entire changelog with all the juicy details.

Let’s start with the Web Browser app, which has received a new top level bookmarks view, media access permissions for websites, as well as a grid view and thumbnails for the Top Sites page.

The Weat… (read more)

Linux Mint 17.3 Beta “Rosa” MATE Edition Is Out and Ready for Testing

The Linux Mint 17.3 Beta “Rosa” MATE Edition has been released and is now available for download. This is one of the last steps in the development cycle before the launch of the stable version.

The MATE edition of Linux Mint 17.3 Beta “Rosa” was released along with the Cinnamon one and it’s one of the two main flavors of the Linux Mint distribution. There are also Xfce and KDE versions, not to mention editions that are based on Debian, but those are not the main focus of th… (read more)

Development Release: Linux Mint 17.3 Beta

Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of a new beta release for the Linux Mint distribution. The new version, Linux Mint 17.3 Beta, is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and contains mostly bug fixes and performance enhancements. The Driver Manager now reports installation errors and indicates whether available….

Intel Graphics Installer Brings Support for Ubuntu 15.10, Support for 14.04 Dropped

The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux, a tool that allows users to easily install the latest graphics and video drivers for their Intel graphics hardware, is now at version 1.2.1 and is ready for download.

Intel is the only company that takes driver installers seriously. Neither Nvidia nor AMD can even touch that level of quality, but that’s probably because Intel has been providing support for the Linux platform for longer.

The only problem with the Intel Graphics Inst… (read more)

Charm Partner Programme welcomes Opencell

Canonical is excited to announce that Opencell has joined the Charm Partner Programme (CPP). Canonical’s CPP helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling with a click of a mouse. The Juju Charm Store has over 300 cloud based applications ready to be used on most public and private clouds, as well as bare metal servers.

Opencell is a carrier grade open source billing solution, which includes mediation, prepaid and postpaid rating, invoicing, AR management and reporting. They will initially be charming their enterprise edition for inclusion in the Juju Charm Store.  An early version of  the Juju enabled Opencell will be shown at TAD Summit in Lisbon this week.

“Joining CPP and providing a Juju enabled version of the Opencell billing solution is a great step forward in our strategy to make it easier for our clients to integrate our open source billing application and provide true scalability on public, private and bare metal clouds,” commented David Meyer, Opencell’s CEO.

“Opencell is a robust and comprehensive billing solution, and we are excited to welcome them to our Cloud Ecosystem. As the first open source billing solution to be made available on Microsoft Azure, they further extend the flexibility and freedom from vendor lock in, offered to Juju users,” said Stefan Johannson, Global Director of Software Alliances at Canonical.

To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, including the Charm Partner Programme,please visit http://partners.ubuntu.com/.

Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon Edition Beta Officially Released with Cinnamon 2.8

Just a few moments ago, the Linux Mint developers announced the official release and immediate availability for download of the Beta builds of Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon and MATE editions.

We were first to report yesterday the availability of the Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon Edition Beta and read more)

Fedora 21 End Of Life on December 1st

With the recent release of Fedora 23,  Fedora 21 will officially enter End Of Life (EOL) status on December 1st, 2015. After December 1st, all packages in the Fedora 21 repositories will no longer receive security, bugfix or enhancement updates, and no new packages will be added to the Fedora 21 collection.

Upgrading to Fedora 22 or Fedora 23 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 21.

Looking back at Fedora 21

Fedora 21 was the first release to ship the Workstation, Server and Cloud editions when it was first released in December 2014. Fedora 21 Workstation was when users could first test GNOME Wayland, which is slated to be the default display server come Fedora 24. On the Server, Cockpit and Rolekit both made their debut in Fedora 21, and Fedora Cloud introduced the Fedora Atomic Host for the first time in Fedora 21.

Screenshot of Fedora 21

Fedora 21 Workstation

About the Fedora Release Cycle

The Fedora Project provides updates for a particular release up until a month after the second subsequent version of Fedora is released. For example, updates for Fedora 22 will continue until one month after the release of Fedora 24, and Fedora 23 will continue to be supported up until one month after the release of Fedora 25.

The Fedora Project Wiki contains more detailed information about the entire Fedora Release Life Cycle, from development to release, and the post-release support period.







Ubuntu Touch Could Get WiFi Display Support to Help Turn the Phone into a PC More Easily

One of the issues with the Ubuntu Convergence and the ability to use the phone as a PC is the fact that it requires dedicated hardware features on the device, but that might get solved in the future by the Ubuntu team.

Ubuntu Convergence refers, in the broadest sense, to the fact that both systems, for the phone and the desktop, share the same codebase. The fact that you can connect your phone to a TV and turn it into a PC experience is a result of that shared codebase. In … (read more)